Donald Love Makes Manchester United Debut: Key Details on Red Devils Defender

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2016

LEIGH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11:  Donald Love of Manchester United U21 during the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Division One match between Manchester United U21 and Manchester City U21 at  Leigh Sports Village Stadium on February 11, 2016 in Leigh, England.  (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA / via Getty Images)
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Donald Love made his debut for Manchester United in their Premier League clash with Sunderland on Saturday, replacing the injured Matteo Darmian. 

The 21-year-old was introduced in the 38th minute after the Italian suffered a shoulder injury, as noted by the club's official Twitter feed:

Love had been on loan at Wigan Athletic earlier in the season and has represented Scotland under-21s on one occasion. He was named on a young substitutes' bench by manager Louis van Gaal for the game against the Black Cats.

As noted by Squawka Football's Greg Johnson, it almost seemed inevitable that Love would get an outing on the eve of Valentine's Day:

According to Liam Prenderville of the Daily Mirror, although Love is most comfortable as a right-back, he is a versatile player.

"The 21-year-old has played in the centre of defence and left-back for United's youth sides, as well as filling in in midfield," he wrote. "One of Love's key attributes is his athleticism and ability to cope with attackers in one-vs-one situations."

It's also noted that the youngster has been at United since he was seven. He signed his first professional contract with the club in 2013, but he has had his development halted by a succession of injury issues. 

Needless to say, after spending so long at the club, getting on to the field with the senior side will be a very proud moment for the young Scotsman.